February Link Love

February 23rd, 2010 by Dionna | 7 Comments
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This is a monthly post referring you to some sites/articles/posts that I’ve found helpful, amusing, and/or otherwise redeeming in some way. If you know of something you think might be worthy of inclusion, comment or email!

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Melodie at Breastfeeding Moms Unite! wrote an interesting post on the semantics of breastfeeding. I’ve revisited this post several times to read the great discussion from the commenters too.

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Annie from PhD in Parenting submitted a thoughtful guest post on API Speaks about a Child’s Hierarchy of Needs. For you psychology geeks, it is based on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.

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On becoming a “good enough” parent, rather than a perfect one.

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Some tips for parents who work from home with a toddler. I do this occasionally, and it can definitely be a challenge. We tried a mother’s helper when Kieran was younger (around 15-17 months); it didn’t work out very well, because Kieran knew I was in the next room. I think he’s at a stage now that a mother’s helper would be great if I needed it – he loves to play with older kids and adults, and he would be much more willing to let me out of his sight.

Do you have any tips for working at home with a youngster?

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Did you lose your mind a little bit the moment you got pregnant? I know I did, but some recent research says that “baby brain” could be a myth. I don’t want to hear that, though, I need the excuse!

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Cave Mother has written two fascinating posts on dolphins: how they nurse and carry their babies, and how dolphins use midwives, too. I knew dolphins were mammals, but I never knew how they breastfed. My sister and I sat here and read these posts with unabashed interest.

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An excellent article entitled “Respecting Working Mothers with Infant Children: The Need for Increased Federal Intervention to Develop, Protect and Support a Breastfeeding Culture in the United States.” (Free download!) From the excerpt: The author argues that the benefits of breastfeeding are overwhelming and that more needs to be done to ensure that all women have a viable option to continue breastfeeding upon returning to work, particularly the working poor and minorities. Those least likely to breastfeed are more likely to be part of an at risk population in terms of health. Most significantly, the lack of a cohesive policy in the workplace has had a disparate impact on the most vulnerable populations of breastfeeding mothers and their children. The lack of federal protection and a patchwork of protection in the states have contributed to our failure to achieve breastfeeding goals set in the 1990′s. Federal laws and decisions are reviewed. The author has undertaken a comprehensive review of the state statutes to demonstrate the disparities in protection. The review also serves as a guide for potential federal legislation. Federal legislation must provide a floor beneath which no mother may fall. The author proposes what components are crucial in enacting such legislation and examines a bill recently introduced in the House of Representatives.

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What about you? What articles have caught your attention this month? Please leave a link in the comments!

7 Responses to:
"February Link Love"

  1. deb   psbohemian

    I read “Parenting Peacefully: Encouragement for parents wanting to live more peacefully with their children.” over at http://www.sandradodd.com/parentingpeacefully

  2. Amber   AmberStrocel

    Thank you so much for the link love! You made my day. :)

  3. Melodie   bfmom

    This is the best article I’ve read in awhile. It basically tells us that the 10 cm rule for pushing is bunk. Makes SO much sense to me. We are animals, we have instincts just like our animal relatives. They aren’t checked before being instructed to push or not, so why should we? I didn’t want to push until 10 mins past being told I could start pushing. My instinct hadn’t kicked in, but some moms want to push before they’re at 10 cms and are told not to. I never questioned this before now. Read this and see what I mean. http://bit.ly/d3fMdo

  4. Acacia

    Clicked on the baby brain article right away to check it out because I am so fascinated by the biology of the pregnant woman. Interesting conclusions, but I wish the link to the synopsis of the first study had more details on the measurement of memory. I’m not sure it’s enough to determine memory “loss” or not.
    Perhaps, being pregnant I’m a bit bias, but I tend to believe there is some temporary memory loss. My belief was recently backed up when I read You Having a Baby by Drs. Mehmet Oz and Michael Roizen. It says, and I paraphrase, that memory loss during pregnancy may be explained by the brains changes during those nine months. Our brains literally shrink in size because the synapses between neurons shrink in order to reconstruct with the new information we acquire about parenting/baby. Shortly before or after birth, these synapses re-expand as we absorb this new information and our brain builds new schemata.
    I imagine this restructuring affects each woman differently, thus the varying degrees of baby brain. Either way, this sounds like much more substantial proof to me!

  5. Katie

    I was turned on to your blog from someone on mamasource (your mom?). Anyway, I’ve enjoyed every post, I’ve never followed a blog before. Honestly, I’ve always wanted to do something like this, and don’t know how you find the time. Here’s the link I’ve been interested in… trying out the pretend play and other ideas as much as I can with my 5.5 year old and 3 year old. When I can get my 5mo old to sleep in the sling while we play, I feel like super mom (on the other hand when I sit at the computer rocking baby to sleep while they beg for my attention, I feel like anything but!)…

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=76838288

  6. Dionna   CodeNameMama

    Amber – yay! :)

    Melodie – I saw that when someone (you?) tweeted it. I’ve actually read a few things on that before. It’s not surprising at all – doctors like to have a “number” a “date” a “cut-off” for everything, and our bodies just aren’t designed to all be same!

    Acacia – fascinating! Makes total sense.

    Katie – thank you for reading :) Yes, I bet it was my mom, I know she’s on mamasource. It is time consuming, I write a lot at night. Plus since I’m home all day with Kieran, Tom usually plays with him for about 1.5 hrs after dinner & before Kieran goes to bed – that gives me some “me time.”
    I just quickly skimmed that article (I’ll go back and read it later), but thank you! It looks good.
    Did you see the post I did awhile back . . . I think it was Room Weaving. Anyway, I’m fairly certain the book that I got that from (which is cited in the post) is full of make believe ideas. You should check it out!

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